The Academy Awards are undoubtedly the biggest night of the year for the movie industry and Google is all set to make the run-up to the big day a lot more special for fans with a one-stop shop of all things Oscars.
In partnership with the organisers, Google has created a dedicated resource page for users to keep themselves updated about the biggest movies of the year before the real ceremony takes place on Sunday.
To start the ceremonies off, there is a Year in Rewind video—somewhat of a YouTube specialty—of 2012’s top flicks. The video takes users on a tour of all the nominee movies, including some of the biggest hits of the year like Life of Pi, Argo, Skyfall, Django Unchained, The Hobbit, Lincoln and more.
Watch all the trailers in one place
There are a lot of features on the site that will keep Oscar fans entertained for hours. One of the fun features is the search giant taking a guess at the winners of the Academy Awards in various categories. Here’s a sneak peek: according to Google, the Best Picture award, based solely on search volumes would go to Argo. In the same vein, you can check out Google’s prediction of Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actors, Actress and Director. Will the real winners this Sunday be anywhere close to Google’s estimates? Well, your guess is as good as ours.
For Oscar fans who are unaware of certain nominated movies, Google has put together some trailers too. The search giant has also tried to make you feel like you're a part of the process of choosing Oscar winners by putting out sample ballots.
Google has made sure fans are at the centre of this entire exercise. Google Maps will give fans a virtual tour of the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles where the who’s-who of Hollywood will come together for the awards ceremony on Sunday.
Get involved with the Oscars
Another trivia-based feature on the page is an interactive map of all the nominated films this year and information about them. You can read where each film was shot and conceptualised, find out the birth place of the nominees and more.
Google has gone all out to incorporate the Oscars theme in almost all of its products: right from promoting Google Hangouts in the Pre-Party section to leveraging Google+ for staying updated with news.
Google is also giving fans a chance to check the movies out in two different ways. The search engine will give you ticket prices and timings in a Google Now-like page, prompting you to go to a movie theatre to see the films. It also gives you an option to get hold of the movie via Movies on Google Play, a feature that's not available in India yet. Google is also pushing out an official Oscars app on Android through its page.
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